Left off the lineup card on opening night last season, Sebastian Aho quickly evolved into an every-night player for the NY Islanders. Aho was beaten out by Robin Salo as the sixth defenseman, slotting in on the left side of defense. After just four games and coming off an abysmal performance against the New Jersey Devils, a move was made for Aho to replace Salo, with Aho unwilling to relinquish the position for the remainder of the season.
Aho played in 71 games last season, finishing with 23 points (5 goals, 18 assists). He earned power play time with the second unit, totaling five points (one goal) on an Islanders special teams that struggled from the get-go.
While Aho feels like a young prospect, he was drafted at 21, set to turn 28 near this seasons All-Star break. With Salo looking to take his position back and Samuel Bolduc breathing down his neck as one of the organization's best defensive products, Aho will need to improve on his 2022-23 season if he hopes to remain an everyday player.